This question was submitted by a reader! Do you have a money question you’d like Gen Y Planning to answer in a future blog post? Submit it to genyplanning.com/askgyp. I am a high schooler getting ready to apply to colleges soon and would like to ask for your expert financial opinion. Do you think it is a smart decision to go out of state to university? If I do, I would have undergrad debt … [Read more...] about Ask Gen Y Planning: Is Student Loan Debt Worth It?
“It’s complicated” is a great way to describe life in your 30s. You’ve been working for a while, so you might finally feel more financially stable than ever before. But on the other hand, you often have competing financial priorities. Career growth, serious relationships, family, and major life purchases tend to make this a very busy decade. Also, tiny wrinkles start showing up where you didn’t … [Read more...] about 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 30s
Ah, to be in your 20s. Brunches are frequent, hangovers are less debilitating, and all the big, serious life stuff seems so far away. So top off your bottomless mimosa, my friend, because you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to your finances … or do you? Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is you always need to think about your finances, even when you’re … [Read more...] about 8 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s
Let’s say that about a year ago, you bought a car and opted to finance it instead of buying the car in cash. If you didn’t get the best deal on your loan at purchase, you might be able to refinance in order to take advantage of lower interest rates, lower monthly payments, or a shorter loan term. Because refinancing can help save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in interest over the entire … [Read more...] about When and How to Refinance an Auto Loan
Suppose you decide to buy a new car and, after considering whether to buy or lease it, you’ve decided to buy. Now comes your next big decision: should you pay cash for a car or finance it? Once again, there’s no one “right” answer. It truly depends on a few factors, like: The kind of car that fits your needs The cost of that car The cash you have in savings The other things … [Read more...] about Should I Buy a Car with Cash or Take Out a Loan?
Managing and automating your finances has never been easier. There are so many online and mobile tools available (most for free!) that setting yourself up for financial success involves little more than 30 minutes of set-up and a few minutes of monitoring a month. You’re more likely to meet your financial goals if those goals are specific and actionable. Online tools, apps, and calculators put … [Read more...] about The Best Financial Tools, Apps, and Calculators I Recommend All the Time